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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised Funds for Scholarship Support

$354,458 Committed for Student Success


September 16, 2019

IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means, along with some of the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

SANTA FE: September 13, 2019 -- IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 14, 2019, raised at least $354,458 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 209 students, with the school awarding 520 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 4, 2017. Danyelle Means thanked all for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

People who contributed works and/or experiences to the auctions at the Dinner included Representative Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), Amangiri Resort, Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) '16, Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) '96 & Atumn Borts-Medlock (Santa Clara Pueblo), Gregory Lomayesva (Hispanic/Hopi), George Alexander (Muscogee[Creek}) '16, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) '89, Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05, Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) '86, Rose B Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) '07 and '18, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) '92, Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) '90, Tania Larsson (Gwich'in) '17, Kevin Red Star (Crow) '65, Dale Chihuly, Glenda Loretto (Jemez Pueblo) '93, and more.

Lead sponsors for the event included the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Additional sponsors included Stagecoach Foundation and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means commented: "Every year the generosity of those who attend our Scholarship Dinner and Auction amazes me. From our volunteers, students, and alumni who donated their artworks -- to the sponsors and attendees who came and generously gave, we are grateful. Thank you for another stellar year!".

To arrange an interview with Danyelle Means, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 495 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


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